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buying What $122,500 In Options Looks Like on a 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

09:05  04 april  2021
09:05  04 april  2021 Source:   caranddriver.com

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In the world of normal cars—even very expensive ones—we're accustomed to certain frameworks for options. There might be themed packages, like driver assistance, luxury, or convenience. Or there might be a la cart options. Sometimes, a certain trim level brings specific features and that's that. It's common sport to fire up the Porsche's online configurator and gawk at the possibilities of color-keyed leather cupholder trim or a carbon-fiber wallet for the owner's manual, seemingly the ragged edge of indulgent vehicular personification. Well, Rolls-Royce laughs at Porsche's restraint, its lack of ambition in charging a mere $1040 for that owner's manual wallet. If Rolls deigned to provide such a thing, you'd be able to have it color-matched to the glove-box felt, with the carbon laid out to celebrate your astrological sign, with a clasp forged of a metal of your choice by a sooty blacksmith in a rustic cottage.

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a close up of a car: You're going to want the bar between the back seats. It's $18,500, but that's just the start. © Ezra Dyer - Car and Driver You're going to want the bar between the back seats. It's $18,500, but that's just the start.

I'm joking, yet I can imagine someone at Rolls reading that and saying,"Not a bad idea!" Because, after all, the very real 2021 Ghost that I drove featured in-door umbrellas that added $1600 to the sticker. And that $1600 wasn't for the umbrellas themselves. It was for the custom colors on the umbrellas—tan handles, navy blue stripes, navy blue beads. Conceivably, those umbrellas might never leave their silos in the rear doors, and yet somebody put a good deal of thought into how they'd look if they did. Oh, and there was also $120,900 worth of other stuff. Let's take a look, shall we?

This particular Ghost's most-affordable option is the $850 custom stitching on the instrument panel. I say you could probably skip that one and still enjoy your car, and indeed, your life. On the other end of the spectrum is the Ghost package, which is like the Special Edition package on a Honda Accord Sport in that it bundles a group of features. The prices are similar too—not between the Ghost package and the Special Edition package, but between the Ghost Package and the Accord itself. And the car costs less.

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a bag sitting on top of a car: Fascinating door hinges are standard. But the embossed logo will cost you $2050. © Car and Driver Fascinating door hinges are standard. But the embossed logo will cost you $2050.

But for $31,125, you do get some bone fide finery."Bespoke interior—module editing" means that you get to specify the placement of the two colors of leather in the interior. You also get an illuminated tread plate, rear-seat theater configuration (ie, screens), floor mats so plush you'll lose your ankles, and the showstopper—the illuminated grille. It's quite a sight, looming out of the dark like an ocean liner on a moonless Atlantic night. So you'll want that.

But it does seem a little mean, once you've got the illuminated grille, to charge another $4800 for the uplit Spirit of Ecstasy up top. She's right there! Can't she borrow some light? Guess not. Also listed under"Exterior Options" are the chrome plated visible exhausts, for $5275. Exhaust pipes are a little bit retro these days, but OK. The"Premier Silver" paint adds $12,275, but deleting the front license plate is F.O.C. That means"free of charge," and it shows up quite often on the Ghost's options list—usually in an itemized collection of features included in a package that was most certainly not F.O.C.

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The bulk of the options pertain to the interior, which most people on earth would find quite accommodating without any options at all. That fiber-optic starry-sky headliner, an $8000 option on the Cullinan, is standard here—you choose either that or a panoramic roof. But why risk cloud cover or light pollution obscuring the real stars when you can have your personal synthetic ones shooting around overhead whenever you like? (Yes, they can shoot around, to the delight of back-seat passengers.)

The immersive seating with center console, though, is not standard. It costs $18,500 and renders the Ghost a gargantuan four-seater. Ah, but what a console it is: the lower section hides a nifty whisky cabinet with monogrammed glasses, and the upper part conceals a fridge with fitted champagne flutes secured to the door."But wouldn't you slosh champagne all over yourself in a moving car?" you ask. No, you wouldn't. Not in this one. All pavement irregularities sign an NDA and are paid to go away before they come close to disturbing the supreme serenity of the Ghost cabin. Because the only thing that's disturbing that is the Bespoke Audio System. Which costs $10,575, but you've gotta have tunes, and you're not going to take your Ghost to Boomer McLoud's for a sick set of Rockford subs.

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Nor will you (likely) bolt your own clock into the dash, so you may as well hand over $6200 for the Technical Bespoke Clock. (Yes, there's a lot of bespoke going on in here. It means"unique," I think.) The rear seat picnic tables are $5325, the embossed Rolls monogram on the doors is $2050, the veneered steering wheel spokes are $1200. Color-keyed trunk trim is $1700, the rear seat picnic tables are $5325, the heated armrests are $2625. You know, a thousand here or ten thousand there, you start running up a pretty big tab. In fact: a tab for $460,350. That's the grand total for this car, including $2750 for destination and a $2600 gas guzzler tax.

That's the kind of number that's effectively meaningless to everyone. If you can't afford it, it's simply abstract. And if you can, you have so much money that a half-mil is just a number on an account. A few years ago, at Pebble Beach, there was a rumor going around that someone there had a Phantom that they'd deliberately optioned to more than $800,000 because they thought eight was a lucky number. At the time, I figured that was a Pebble Beach urban legend. But having driven a few Rolls-Royces since then, I can certainly see how such a build would be possible. If you want a car to break $800,000—or at least four-sixty—Rolls is going to help you get there. One umbrella at a time.

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